Food recalls in EU – Week 46/2015

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • abnormal smell of and dead mites and dead insects, in black pepper husk from India
  • absence of health certificate(s) for mirin (rice wine) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 23.76; Tot. = 47.04 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs and in shelled hazelnuts (Tot. = 43.6 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 31; Tot. = 34 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from the United States and from Iran (B1 = 32.7; Tot. = 34.7 µg/kg – ppb)
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 52.5; Tot. = 57.6 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.7; Tot. = 8.3 µg/kg – ppb) in cheese flavoured snacks from the Philippines
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 8.8; Tot. = 8.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chia seeds from Paraguay
  • chlorpyrifos (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (34.1 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (66.6 mg/kg – ppm) from blades for food preparation from Brazil
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of nickel (0.37 mg/kg – ppm) from chromium-coated steel grill for microwave from China, via Hong Kong
  • formetanate (0.334 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • fosthiazate (0.044 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen clams from South Korea
  • mercury (0.95 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled grouper (Epinephelus guaza) from Tunisia
  • methomyl (0.095 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.082 mg/kg – ppm) in yardlong beans (Vigna unguiculata) from the Dominican Republic
  • poor temperature control of frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • procymidone (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh garlic stems from China
  • propamocarb (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopicolide (0.034 mg/kg – ppm) in peas (Pisum sativum) from Kenya
  • Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • spoilage of chilled bananas, pineapples, lemons and avocados from Ecuador infested with moulds
  • too high content of sulphite (3556 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.34 mg/kg – ppm) in oolong tea from China
  • unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in various flavour noodles from the Philippines.

Conferences in Paraguay

From 5th to 9th May 2015 I will be in the sunny Asuncion, Paraguay, for a series of conferences about food regulations.

On 5th I will be at the National University, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, to present the new EU Regulation on food information to consumer (No 1169/2011), with specific attention for allergens and nutrition declaration. Download the brochure here.

On 7th I will be very pleased to open the II Expo Alimentaria and the first Food Law Conference at the Hotel Excelsior. Paraguay is on the way to review its regulatory framework and to implement a Food Code inspired by EU and US standards: the objective is to ease the export of the national products. My speech will touch some general aspects about the EU and US food regulations, in light of the fact that with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) the two systems are converging on some specific principles, on food allergens labelling and some hints about how the food recalls are managed. You can find the complete program here.

I was invited by ASPATAL (Paraguayan Association of Food Technologists), and I have to deeply thank you Prof. Griselda Miranda Pena for inviting me.

See you there!